Worn is a collaboration from The Vintage Showroom – London and trend forecasters and denim gurus Sue Barrett (formerly WGSN) and freelance denim and streetwear trend forecaster Katy Rutherford (creative director of STORY mfg.) The Worn publication is about global street style-trends and vintage garments. It combines extensive vintage knowledge with a trended snapshot of current global street-styles. Volume 1 was launched last year and is looking really nice. If you missed it, check it here: www.long-john.nl/worn-vol-1. There are still a few copies left.
The second volume of Worn celebrates the beauty and simplicity of functional military design: treasured, worn and faded through the decades and again marrying key colours to the Pantone colour chart. The new Worn Vol. 2 is out now! Looking forward to see it live! Well done and see you this October in Amsterdam!
For the ones who’s following me for a while knows that I started my denim career more than 20 years ago at Diesel Jeans. In that time, beginning of the ’90′s till ’94, Diesel launched a special denim collection called Old Glory. Inspirered by the legendary Big 3 (Levi’s, Lee & Wrangler) this was something really cool and outstanding. This is the reason how my passion for denim started, ofcourse after wearing the classic 501′s in my previous years. Diesel came up with selvage fabrics and amazing embroidered jackets. Unfortunately the Old Glory line wasn’t a big commercial success, but the items are still great. My Old Glory collection is pretty big, and is still growing. Not so long ago I could add this original OG jeans in my collection, model Murphy. The jeans is a kind of a homage to Wrangler, their 11MWZ model. It has all the same features: broken twill fabric, button in combination with Talon zipper fly, 7 belt loops, flat rivets (won’t scratch your saddle), same coin-watch pocket shape and non-selvage folded side seams. Even the arcuate stitching on the backpockets are inspired by Wrangler. The jeans is made in Italy. An unique piece of the best days of Diesel Jeans.
Naked & Famous Denim shows in their new video a biker riding a 5.000 mile journey in one pair of jeans. It’s a cool roadtrip with a lot of adventures. It shows the free life. The jeans got beaten up very hard, it develops really nice during the trip. Check it out! All you need is one good pair of jeans!
Companion Denim from Barcelona made a new version from one of their most popular styles, the Jan 04KN. It comes in a 14oz. super slubby 70´s green cast fabric. The jeans has an extensive list of unique details and cool features as:
· High stitch count
· Hand felled seams
· One piece selvedge fly with drop stitching
· Mainly single needle construction
· Suspender buttons
· Leather backings on hardware
· Hickory stripe pocket lining
· 12oz tan duck canvas inside waistband + chambray piping
· Hidden rivets
· Cinch back
· Fully lined backpockets with blue chambray
· Nerve embroidery on backpockets
This jeans shows what craftmaship is and how you can create something really outstanding and different. Looking forward to see a nice worn-out version of this one. Well done Lu Franquesa – Companion Denim!
Last Sunday Emiel Gerardu & Wing Mok organised for the 4th time their The Denim Run event in Eindhoven, NL. They started this unique event to celebrate their passion for denim and cycling. The 4th Denim Run editon was again a big success with likeminded people. After the run there was food, Sailor Jerry rum and some fine music. Well done Emiel & Wing. Great to see the evolution of your denim event. Well done!
Lee Jeans launched a special edition for Fall Winter from their iconic Lee 101 Jeans. They create a slim fit version of their classic Rider fit. The Lee 101 Rider Slim Fit has more tapered legs than the regular version. The jeans is made of Japanese 13.75oz left hand blue line rigid selvage, Lot No. 49. The threads of this fabric is dipped 13 times in indigo to get the right blue colour. The old shuttle loom which was used for the creating of this fabric makes 100 meter of high quality fabric in 24 hours. The back of the jeans has a yellow ‘Lee Riders’ emboidery like the old Rodeo Clown pants. Nice one!
Edwin Jeans is always one of my favo’s. Their collections are always loaded with classic items which you can wear all year around. My kind of stuff. The new Edwin Jeans Fall Winter collection has again the classic musthave items as basic tees, good fitted and priced selvage jeans, comfi sweats, shirts and warm jackets. One of the best things about the brand is that the prices are good and reasonable, but also their choices for colours are perfect. Their colours are matching with their no-nonsense look; white, grey, blue and black. Yes, that time of the year is coming again that you can layer your outfits and dress like it should be. Below some shots of the new Edwin Jeans Fall Winter ’16 lookbook.
The end of the Summer is near and Fall is ready for kicking in. The best part of this time of the year is that all the new fresh Fall Winter collections are coming in. One of the most inspiring and worth waiting new lookbooks are always from Kapital. This Japanese brand is always on point as it comes to silhouettes, styles, fabrics, colours and mix and match from items. It’s an inspiration for a lot of (denim) designers and a must see for everyone with an interest in clothing. Once again, well done Kapital!! Let the Fall begin!
Yesterday I visited my friends Marcel & Roger Grivec from Jeanspaleis in Kerkrade – NL. Marcel & Roger are one of the coolest and humble guys in the denim industry. I spend the whole day in their denim store and atelier. Marcel & Roger built up an extremely knowledge about denim in their rich and long denim retail history. A half year ago the twin brothers realised their ultimate dream, creating their own Grivec Bros denim collection. The first batch was sold out immediatly and the second one is going really fast too!
They made two different fits, a regual fit (Cool Pete) and a more slimmer fit (Hower). The Cool Pete is my favo fit as it refers to the classics. Both fits are loaded with a lot of details which you can see here below.
Thanks Marcel & Roger for your time and sharing your passion for denim. It’s always good to see you. I’m very honored to hear every story behind the many outstanding details from you. Very inspiring! Proud to have the Cool Pete in my denim collection and will wear them with pride! Many thanks for my pair of jeans! Keep up the good work and ‘Dry till you Die’. Talk soon!
Marcel & Roger Grivec in their atelier
The Cool Pete Jeans
14oz Japanese rigid selvage denim by the Kaihara mill – Japan
Selvage button fly
V-stitch on top button
Grivec Bros top button
Fly buttons are classic ’13 star’ buttons
Personalized Grivec Brothers rivets
One-line triangle backpocket arcuate stitching
Grained natural leather patch
Made in Portugal
Each jean is wrapped in a miners towel. These towels were used back in the days by miners to keep their laundry separated.
Benzak is the European Made denim collection by Lennaert Nijgh. The Benzak collection is made in small ateliers in Portugal. Th selvage denim fabrics are also produced in Europe by the legendary CandianiMill from Italy. The collection is focussed on 3 important factors: good fits, quality fabrics and clean constructions. The collection has two jeans fits, slim and regular. Next to jeans the Benzak line also contains high quality tees and sweats. The pricepoint of this European line is very interesting and now available. Very nice addition t0 the Japan made BDD line. Well done Lennaert!
Daily Bags is a new sustainable denim brand specialised in handcrafted patchwork goods from The Netherlands. The designer is Sharifah Isa and her main goal is creating special bags of old denim leftover fabrics. Each Daily Bags item is unique and made of deconstructed jeans in different shades of blue. All her items are combined with a wide range of high-quality fabrics and leather. Next to bags she’s also making denim aprons and denim jackets. All made by hand. The look of Daily Bags refers to the vintage Japanese boro styles. Check the unique Daily Bags products here below.
Lee Jeans recently opened a brand new store in the cool shopping area from Rotterdam – NL. This area is mostly filled with outstanding independent stores. The store looks really nice. It’s a mix of clean and authentic influences. It’s good to see that Lee Jeans is expanding their business in Holland. Congrats with this new milestone!
This upcoming Friday, the 16th, they celebrate the official store opening. Check it out for yourself!
The Denim Run, founded by Emiel Gerardu & Wing Mok, is back on the 18th of September for it’s classic tour in Eindhoven – NL. It’s the 4th edition of this special ride for people with the same passion for bicycles and denim.
Check all the info of the 4th edition of The Denim Run here below.
See you there!
Get in The Denim Run mood by watching the movie from the previous edition:
This upcoming weekend it’s already the 6th edition of the very successful Rambam Denim Days at Rambam Store Eindhoven – NL. This 6th edition is part of the Fashion Weekend in the centre of Eindhoven. As all RambamDenim Days editions this one is again filled with the best denim activities:
Nudie Jeans Repair Corner: Grap your old favo jeans and give them a second life!
Denham Jeans: Watch how they wash jeans by hand on the street. This is already a big hit in Japan. You can also attach a special Denham Jeans backpatch on your new jeans.
Kings of Indigo: Make a selfie with the Big K.O.I. jeans and win a free pair of jeans.
Next to that there’s good denim music and fresh made coffee by a true denim barrista. So see you all this upcoming weekend in the South of Holland at Rambam Store.
Swedish denim brand Nudie Jeans is always on point with their marketing campaigns. Since the beginning they have the rock and roll, music band look and feel. But always with a twist. For the Fall Winter 2016 collection Nudie Jeans did something different, a little bit mysterious. Check below some pics if you haven’t seen them yet.
What is RAW? G-Star just lauched a new range of video’s to explain their vision of: What is RAW? In their own words: ‘We all have our own interpretation: Authentic. Untreated. Pure. All of these and more are what drives us to make new things. Welcome to our world.’ The videos will give you an insight into the RAW world of G-Star. Enjoy!
Red Wing Shoes has something special to celebrate! For the first time since the 20’s they are launching a Red Wing Women’s collection. Red Wing already started making women’s shoes in the 1920’s, when a wave of feminism got women wearing pants and boots. The daughter of the owner of the Red Wing Shoe Company brought them back. She started working on the new RW women’s collection two and a half years ago and they are now finally available!
The Red Wing Heritage Women’s Collectionis made with the same craftsmanship and authentic care as the men’s collection. The boots are all made with cowhide, with is much softer and thinner than the steer hide used for men’s boots. Not only the leather is more comfortable, they also shapred the fit to the needs of women. The lasts are completely re-designed for a slimmer and more comfortable wear and the shoes feature a much softer insole.
From today, the Red Wing Shoe Store Amsterdamoffers the Short Engineer, Clara, Iron Ranger and 6” Moc Toe. Get yours in store or online now. Red Wing Amsterdam is also organising a special launch party tomorrow in their RW Store at the Reestraat from 18.00 till 21.00. Congrats with this great milestone!
My friends from the great Heddels platform just lauched their latest video project to show the collaboration between PF Flyers and Gitman Vintage Bros called ‘Seed to Sew’. From the seed that grew the fabric to the final production line stage, the entire collab shoe is 100% made in the USA from an indigo denim fabric.
In the behind the scenes video you see the GBV’s President Chris Olberding and PF’s head of Global Merchandise Manager Chris Tobias. They tell you all about what each brand brought to the table. Heddels visited both Gitman’s factory in Ashland, Pennsylvania and the New Balance factory in Boston, Massachusetts where the shoes were made.
The Gitman Bros. Vintage x PF Flyers shoes themselves will be available from PF stockists on September 1. Very nice video project guys and the blue denim shoes looks awesome too!